Following “The First Wife” Is Deadly


thThe First Wife mirrored the famous suspicion that turned Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel Rebecca into a suspenseful Hitchcock classic. Every character was a suspect in the small town where several women disappeared, including the wife of Logan. Bailey’s young heart was so taken with Logan that she agreed to marry him just a few days after they met, and suspicion abounded. 

Bailey’s limited knowledge of Logan’s background meant that she questioned his integrity and wondered if he killed his first wife. Because she didn’t know him well enough to decipher his behavior, this worked well. The focus of this story was on the reactions of the odd characters who lived on Logan’s immense family farm. By not providing much of a background for the characters, they were eerily sinister, which fed Bailey’s nervousness. In that sense, the book moved from tense to tedious since many of the characters lacked motivation for their actions. The story became even more ridiculous as the body count mounted. This was better than most books that attempt to copy Rebecca because there was a lot of action.

This was entertaining, but the constant tension created a stagnant pace, and by the end, I was ready to learn who the murderer was and move on.

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